Abzorb Self Assessed Carbon Footprint

Posted 3 months ago

 

1.        General Company Information and background

 

The period of review 01/01/2021 to 31/12/2021.

Abzorb is a Limited company, incorporated in the UK, whose Registered Address is Armytage Road, Brighouse, HD6 1QF.

Abzorb has been mindful of its carbon footprint for many years and had already made many changes to our carbon output in the years leading up to our baseline. These are shown below;

  • When Abzorb purchased our owner-occupied premises in 2011, we under took a full refurbishment installing a new energy efficient boiler with thermostatic controls, along with the installation of 50 solar panels on the roof of the building.
  • We have also installed LED energy efficient lighting in most of our offices.
  • In 2010 we made a move to paperless billing with all but 2 customers not receiving their invoices in a paperless format.
  • During 2020 we switched to receiving online billing from our suppliers and paper copies are no longer printed. As a direct result of this, we have dramatically reduced the numbers of prints per month, with 7,494 pages being printed in January 2020 and only 3,919 by December 2020.
  • Our delivery company of choice is DPD who have an aim to reduce their CO2 emissions per parcel by 2025.

 

Abzorb intends to be a Carbon Net Zero company by 2050.

 

2.        Reporting period

 

1st January 2021 to 31st December 2021

 

3.        Significant changes in emissions

 

Our reported emissions continue to show a reduction in business travel due to the worldwide pandemic. Some employees have still temporarily shifted to remote working in order to reduce the numbers in the building. Whilst we would like to keep this as low as possible, we anticipate that this will steadily increase during 2022 as our customers and partners require us to attend their premises on a more regular basis.

 

4.        Measuring and reporting approach

 

This Carbon Reduction Plan and report has been completed in accordance with PPN 06/21 and associated guidance and reporting standard for Carbon Reduction Plans. The Conversion factors 2021: condensed set, revised Jan 22 (V2.0) have been used as the basis for our calculations.

 

5.        Organisational boundary

 

We have used the financial control approach.

 

6.        Operational scope

 

We have measured our scope 1, 2 and significant scope 3 emissions.

GHG emissions data for period 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021 

 

Kg of CO2e 

 

 

2021 

Base Year 

2019 

Scope 1 

 

 

Controlled Cars

28,422

66,426

Purchased gas

3,023

3,775

Fugitive Emissions (e.g., air

conditioning)

0

0

Scope 2 

 

 

Purchased electricity

4,530

7,143

 

 

 

Scope 3 

 

 

Business Travel

14,378

26,716

Employee Commuting

31,996

46,794

T&D – UK electricity

401

606

Waste disposal

1532

293

Water supply & Treatment

155

557

Upstream Transportation

834

729

TOTAL GROSS 

85,271 

153,039 

Electricity generated

(69)

(3,239)

TOTAL NET 

85,202 

149,800 

 

 

7.        Base Year

 

Our base year is 2019 which we set using a fixed base year approach. Our base year recalculation policy is to recalculate our base year and the prior year emissions for relevant significant changes (e.g., acquisitions) which meet our significance threshold of 5% of total base year emissions.

NB. Employee commuting for our Base Year has been based of an average journey distance of 9.5 miles and average commute days per week of 4.85.

 

8.        Targets

 

Our emissions reduction target is to reduce our GHG emissions, scopes 1, 2, and 3 (for scope 3 only those emissions which relate to business travel) per employee/million £ of revenue by 25% from 2019 to 2029 with an aim to become Carbon Net Zero by 2050.

In order to achieve our target, we are looking at the possibility of salary sacrifice for electric vehicles and also potential benefits to encourage our employees to travel to work using more energy efficient 

methods (i.e., public transport). We are now actively encouraging electric or hybrid vehicles through our company car policy.

Our progress towards reaching this target is good and we expect to meet this target in 2029.

At the end of 2021, we began the process to gain ISO:14001 accreditation and plan to have achieved this accreditation during the first half of 2022.

By the end of 2022 it is our intention to have implemented a cycle to work scheme and to have installed electric charging points to encourage the use of electric vehicles.

Steve Beeby, Managing Director and Matt Dykes, Chief Operating Officer are responsible for the achievement of the target.

Abzorb’s ultimate goal is to reach Carbon Net Zero by 2050.

 

9.        Carbon offsets

 

We have not purchased any carbon credits, however if we did, those credits would be Kyoto compliant.

 

10.        Green tariffs

 

We do not currently purchase our electricity on a green tariff, however our supplier, British Gas have a fuel mix using 75% renewable energy, please see table below.

 

British Gas fuel mix April 2020 – March 2021

 

British Gas Trading Limited

UK Average

Coal

0%

3%

Natural Gas

0%

38%

Nuclear

25%

16%

Renewables

75%

40%

Other Fuels

0%

3%

CO2 Emissions

0 g/kWh

194 g/kWh

High Level Radioactive Waste

0.0018 g/kWh

0.0011 g/kWh

British Gas is a mandatory Feed-in Tariff Licensee

 

 

We will review the options for moving to a green tariff when our current contract expires in 2022.

 

11.        Electricity Generation

 

217kWh of electricity has been generated during the reporting period from our solar panels (backed by REGOs). 108.5kWh of electricity has been exported to the grid.

 

Declaration and Sign off

 

This Carbon Reduction Plan and report has been completed in accordance with PPN 06/21 and associated guidance and reporting standard for Carbon Reduction Plans.

Emissions have been reported and recorded in accordance with the published reporting standard for Carbon Reduction Plans and the GHG Reporting Protocol corporate standard1 and uses the appropriate Government emission conversion factors for greenhouse gas company reporting2.

Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions have been reported in accordance with SECR requirements, and the required subset of Scope 3 emissions have been reported in accordance with the published reporting standard for Carbon Reduction Plans and the Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard3.

This Carbon Reduction Plan has been reviewed and signed off by the board of directors.

 

Signed on behalf of the Abzorb: 

 

Steve Beeby

Steve Beeby Managing Director

Date: 24th February 2022

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